MEET OUR TEAM
MEET OUR TEAM
Yoga TeacherBetsy has been teaching Yoga since 2014. Having completed over 400 hours of trainings, she loves teaching everything from Power Vinyasa to Yin, Pre- and Post-Natal and everything in between. Recently, Betsy completed a 200 hour Mat Pilates certification, and her current obsession is blending the stability and containment of Pilates with the freedom and expression of Yoga. In her classes, you can expect to be met with support and compassion, and to be challenged to explore just what can happen when you move from an open heart and an open mind.
Yoga TeacherFor Jennifer, a love affair with yoga started out as a way to stretch. Being physically active, she first became acquainted with yoga as a companion to her already existing fitness regime. In the spring 2012, attending the occasional class took a turn for the life changing. “I had discovered hot yoga and fell in LOVE!” says Jennifer, “I began attending several classes per week and almost immediately noticed a huge difference in my body and mind. Breathing became easier, my mind was more focused and my body was getting stronger each week. After the first 6 months of consistent practice, I clearly remember thinking ‘This is amazing… Why has it taken me so long to get here?!”
Teaching yoga had always been a secret desire for Jennifer, but she had been unwilling to share it with others because like many of us, she was worried that she would fail. “I was fearful of failure and allowed it to hold me back from taking the steps to becoming a certified instructor,” she says, “It was all thanks to a very close friend of mine, who had inspired me to believe in myself and follow my dream. With the support and nudge from that friend, I took the plunge and enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training.”
Her understanding of this fear is what has helped her to inspire beginner practitioners. Since completing her teacher training at Yoga Tree, Jennifer emphasizes the importance of remaining patient with your practice, allowing for strength and flexibility to come with time. In addition to this, Jennifer admits that she is always growing herself. “I have a great team of teachers to learn from on a daily basis,” she says, “We are constantly asking each other questions, recommending resources, attending workshops and whenever possible, practicing and teaching together.”
So when it comes to her practice, what is Jennifer’s favorite asana? “Headstand (Sirsasana) is my favorite pose for several reasons,” she says, “Sirsasana is a rejuvenating pose for the entire body. When the body is inverted, blood flow changes direction, offering the veins a break from pumping upward and allowing the circulation of stagnate blood that can pool in ankles and feet. Metaphorically and literally, inversion provides the mind with a different perspective and way of seeing things. It takes a strong core and mental focus to hold headstand for 10 or more breaths. It has taken a steady effort to develop the strength of both mind and body to learn how to hold this posture. It is a gratifying feeling when hard work pays off! Now, I love being inverted!”
Anna believes in a calm, focused mind and a wildly joyous body. Drawing on her background in psychology, massage and theatre, she strives to guide students through an embodied experience, using fluid, thoughtful sequencing, systematic cues, touch and mindfulness to arrive at a sense of presence, empowerment and ease which extends beyond the mat.
From her first class 14 years ago, she has turned to yoga as a place to recharge. “There’s a magic that happens when our breath, mind and body are in unison, even if it’s brief”. The joy of connecting with movement in a nourishing way, the clarity of focus a single breath can bring, the sweetness of feeling both freedom and belonging all have an astounding effect on mental, physical and emotional well being. And, always the curious yogi, Anna has turned to school, teacher trainings and books to deepen her understanding of the experience and how to share it.
Anna teaches Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Light Flow, Chair yoga and Embodied Meditation classes, as well as cofounding and running The Bliss Ritual.
When not on her mat, you’ll find her reading, riding her bike, doing the twist to old school rock tunes, or making cake for her partner, friends and fam…. Mmm cake.
Yoga TeacherJessica is a certified yoga instructor that has been practicing yoga since 2008. She has experienced first hand the transformational power of a consistent yoga practice and is devoted to her passion of living, learning and teaching yoga.
A dancer and mover her entire life, Jessica hopes to share the deeply healing power of connecting movement with the breath to people from all walks of life and abilities. She is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with others and creating a compassionate atmosphere that nourishes body, mind, heart and soul.
Jessica is deeply connected to the study of yoga philosophy, meditation and yoga tradition. Healing practices inspire her teaching, which she unites with playfulness and curiosity. Jessica hopes to inspire her students to use their yoga practice as a means to coming into a deeper understanding of self.
An avid traveller, Jessica has lived in Russia and China and has travelled extensively in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and many parts of Europe.
Yoga TeacherJocelyn Rose’s classes are a playful and challenging exploration of the spirit, linking movement and breath in one Divine dance. Jocelyn shares inspiration through asana, mantra, mudra, meditation and breath. Her teaching style is a blend of graceful and creative movement intermingled with her passion for alignment and attention to detail, which she believes ultimately leads to freedom in both the body and the mind. Jocelyn has studied/practiced yoga and meditation in India, Chicago, New York City, Atlanta and Toronto.
Jocelyn completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification in 2009 at Laughing Lotus in NYC. She also co-developed and co-taught the Yoga Teacher Training curriculum for Sacred Thread Yoga in Atlanta, GA. She holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance-Opera and currently enjoys singing kirtan and leading mantra workshops. You can listen to one of her mantra recordings here: https://mantrama.bandcamp.com/releases
When Jocelyn is off the mat you can find her playing with her 3 year old son and 7 year old daughter, as well as their new black lab puppy, Lava. She is also an environmental wellness advocate with Beautycounter, a B-Corp working to get safer skincare and cosmetics into the hands of everyone.
Yoga TeacherKimberley brings a life-long dedication and passion for health and wellness to her classes at Toronto Yoga Co. In addition to university studies in Physical Education and Psychology, she has experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and fitness club manager. Initially drawn to yoga as a way to compliment her existing workout routine and Triathlon training, Kimberley’s practice has since evolved to be as much about strength of mind as it is body. As a teacher, she leads energetic classes that are physically challenging and creatively sequenced with a focus on functional and mindful movement. She combines her athletic style with calm, steady, supportive instruction encouraging safe and correct alignment to guide all her students in achieving their personal best. Her classes are designed to challenge everyone from the first timer to the more experienced yogi. Whether training for a race, chasing after her two growing boys or practicing yoga, Kimberley approaches everything she does with a sense of passion, precision, and power. Kimberley is a 200-hour RYT, a certified indoor cycling instructor, and currently working toward her Personal Training Specialist Certification.
Yoga TeacherMarina O’Connor is a yoga teacher and holistic nutritionist. Marina received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in 2017 from Downward Dog Yoga Center in Toronto under the guidance of her teacher Ron Reid. She draws from vast experiences and resources in her unwavering quest to help others lead healthier, more gratifying lives.
Yoga plays a crucial role in Marina’s physical and spiritual wellbeing. After finding yoga in her early 20s and practicing on and off for several years, it now remains a steady and gratifying journey to step onto the mat every single day. She enjoys sharing with others the most profound and innate parts of yoga that can be cultivated both in asana practice and in everyday life. Marina’s focused approach is on building a powerful, nourishing, and sustainable relationship with ourselves.
Marina’s other aligned passion is holistic nutrition. She is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, finishing with first class honours. She runs her wellness practice ‘Manifesting Health’ where she conducts nutrition consultations and supports clients in their journeys to optimal well-being. To find out more, visit www.manifestinghealth.ca.
Yoga TeacherMikala has had a passion for movement from a very young age. She began taking dance lessons at just 3 years old. Since then, her love for dance has taken her around the world performing in production shows with Norwegian Cruise Line. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and is currently studying Holistic Nutrition. With a history in teaching dance, fitness, Zumba, aquafit, and personal training, she has found her calling in helping others reach their health and wellness goals. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Marianne Wells Yoga school in Nosara, Costa Rica. She aims to bring a positive and calming presence to her classes, striving to help students tune into their own bodies, breath and minds. She is excited to share her knowledge to help guide her students in their own path!
Yoga first appeared in Nisha’s life as a young child, as her grandparents taught her pranayama, mantras, and meditation. She also began her ten year training in Bharatanatyam, an ancient Indian temple dance that has many overlapping asanas with yoga. Through her unique exposure with her roots and heritage in yogic culture, she fell in love with her practice. She completed her yoga teacher training while living on an ashram in Rishikesh, India – the birthplace of yoga.
Her approach to yoga is holistic with equal significance given to body, mind, and spirit. Nisha is a trained reiki practitioner, which she incorporates into her restorative classes. Whether she is teaching an arm balance workshop or leading a meditation class, she meets students where they are in their practice.
Nisha is intuitive and empathetic, sensing what others need and offering them space to express themselves. Her wish is to create a nurturing environment for her students where they can find peace, balance, and a deeper awareness and appreciation for themselves.
Yoga TeacherShaun is an experienced Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500). Originally from Vancouver, Shaun completed his 200-hour teacher training in Germany in 2012, followed by a 500-hour advanced teacher training in New York City in 2014. Shaun teaches Vinyasa, Hatha (Flow), Restorative, Yin, and Budokon yoga classes. Shaun brings mindful movement, alignment and breathwork to his classes with humour and compassion, meets his students where they are at and supports them on their personal yoga journey. You can learn more about Shaun and his teaching at www.warneryoga.com.
Come join him for Vinyasa Flow every Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Yoga TeacherStacy is a lover of all things fitness and wellness. Stacy started practicing yoga in her teens but it wasn’t until she stumbled into an Ashtanga class that she became a dedicated student. At first the physical asanas is what drew her to her mat, but now it’s the lessons that she can take with her off the mat that have become most valuable. Never afraid to fall on her face, Stacy encourages people to try new things and move outside their comfort zone. Stacy’s classes are fun, challenging, and draws from the many styles of yoga from all the amazing instructors she’s practiced with in Toronto and around the world. When Stacy isn’t on her mat she’s chasing her young daughter or making all-natural products with her extensive essential oil collection!
Stephanie Stevenson is an Indigenous yoga teacher, reiki practitioner and registered continuing education provider. She carries a bachelors degree in Psychology and specializes in trauma-informed and grief-sensitive yoga. Stephanie is the co-lead of the Zen Flow Yoga Teacher Training program and has led classes in a variety of different styles, both locally and internationally. As an avid writer, Stephanie’s passion project is her Yoga & Writing Transformation Series. This three-part series blends meditation, yoga and writing to breed personal growth and healing. Stephanie aims for her classes to be a safe and inclusive space for all individuals to develop their own unique yoga practice. Many of her students find her classes to be both uplifting and self-reflective.
Yoga TeacherSujena’s journey with yoga began in 2011 when she pursued it as another form of physical activity to explore and compliment her existing active lifestyle. She went into yoga with only physical expectations and a limited understanding of the practice and was incredibly surprised by the sense of clarity, peace, and joy it brought her. A dedicated yoga practice has helped her overcome many mental health challenges throughout her life. Yoga has allowed her to feel strong and fearless yet soft and vulnerable. It has increased vitality in her health and mindfulness in her everyday life.
Sujena has a BA Hons degree in Kinesiology and Health Science as well as a couple of years of experience in personal training. She completed her 250-hour yoga teacher training at The Yoga Sanctuary, specializing in Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Her classes combine creative sequencing and attention to alignment, while honouring unique individual anatomies to offer a challenging yet accessible and holistic practice that builds strength, increases range of motion, and reduces limitations within the body and mind. With a strong focus on connecting the breath with movement, her classes aim to develop a stronger awareness of our bodies and increase mindfulness in our everyday lives. She brings energy, passion and a sense of playfulness to the mat, striving to create safe, inclusive and sacred spaces for movement and self-discovery.
Trisha discovered her practice during a slump of depression and anxiety. Yoga has been a therapeutic tool guiding her on a path to develop self-awareness , which has lead her to find love and gain confidence in herself. She see’s the practice as a healing modality uniting the mind, body and soul.
Trisha has experienced the benefits of yoga which motivated her journey to becoming a certified yoga teacher. As a queer woman of colour, Trisha believes yoga should be accessible to all, regardless of size, gender, sexual identity, body shape or colour. Her focus is to create a safe space for individuals to optimize their overall well-being by developing and exploring self-worth, self-care and self-acceptance.
Trisha’s classes move at a slower pace where she guides you through a skillful blend of breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation; at the end of your practice you’ll be feeling connected to oneself, rejuvenated and blissful.
Victoria pursued yoga teacher training in Toronto, and completed her 250 YTT certification in 2018. Victoria creates a warm, supportive environment that caters to friendships and connections. By offering modifications and exploring mindful themes, her classes leave students of any experience feeling nurtured and empowered.